Calexico, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced today that they are expanding the hours of operation for the SENTRI lanes at the Calexico downtown port starting this coming Thursday, November 24 through Saturday, November 26 to accommodate Trusted Travelers during the Black Friday shopping hours.
On Thanksgiving Day, the SENTRI lanes will operate beginning at 5 a.m. and will remain open until Saturday morning at 2 a.m. The normal SENTRI lane hours of operation at the downtown port are 5 a.m. to midnight during the week with the lanes remaining open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The expansion of SENTRI hours will ensure that program members using the dedicated lanes experience much shorter wait times on Black Friday when many stores open for business at midnight, Friday morning.
Customs and Border Protection's SENTRI program provides dedicated vehicle lanes and expedited processing at various ports of entry on the Southwest border for pre-approved, low-risk travelers. Currently the SENTRI program has more than 36,000 members enrolled locally. Nationwide, there are more than 250,000 SENTRI members, and combined membership in CBP's trusted traveler programs NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST exceeds 900,000.
The SENTRI lane first opened at the downtown port on December 29, 2005.
Interested travelers may apply for the SENTRI program by visiting the Travel page on the CBP website. (CBP)
The application process takes approximately six to eight weeks to complete with a membership fee of $122.25.
The program gives members access to the dedicated vehicle and pedestrian lanes for five years. Applicants must pass a background check, fingerprint submission, and an in-person interview with a CBP officer.
Program members receive a radio frequency identification SENTRI card that meets the requirements of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative for proper documents for U.S. citizens who cross the border by land or sea, which went into effect on June 1, 2009.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.